How I See SF:Shuggie's Kayla Abe
Kayla Abe is working to end hunger while also protecting our climate. We asked her about her favorite things in San Francisco.
If you want to have a truly genuine San Francisco experience, then you have to consult the experts: our friendly locals. Knowledgable, passionate, and always ready with a recommendation for what to do, see, or eat, San Franciscans of all types have been part of our ongoing "How I See San Francisco" series.
Besides an island prison and clanging cable cars, San Francisco is perhaps most associated with terrific cuisine and creative thinking. And wouldn't you know it—we found a home-grown company that combines the two.
Kayla Abe was working at a non-profit focused on sustainable agriculture when she met David Murphy, an experienced chef about to open his own restaurant, at San Francisco's Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. These auspicious beginnings soon blossomed into their passion project, Ugly Pickle Co., a company with a mission to reduce food waste, mitigate climate change, and share the bounty of Northern California's farms.
We spoke to Kayla about her favorite things in San Francisco and what she thinks every visitor should be sure to do.
What does a typical day in San Francisco look like for you?
We're lucky enough to live right near our favorite coffee roaster in the city, Linea Caffe, so we often head to their Potrero Hill location to start the day. Most of the day is spent working on my full-time job in food service at Oatly, but throughout the day and into the evening, I'm also fitting in retail outreach and marketing doodles for our company, Ugly Pickle Co., and closing out our investment round for our upcoming restaurant, Shuggie's Trash Pie + Natural Wine in the Mission.
David's days are consumed with Shuggie's prep, whether that's meetings with city planning or R&D-ing recipes for our opening menus. Evenings are kicked off with a stop at Ruby Wine to say hi to friends and grab a bottle of natural wine to go with dinner at home. A couple of hours of play with the pup, a quick workout, and the day's New York Times crossword puzzle are also squeezed in somewhere in the schedule.
Which neighborhood, other than your own, do you like to explore?
We love living in Potrero Hill and spend the majority of our time in the Mission. It's a treat to make the journey out to Ocean Beach, though, and grab poke from Hook Fish Co. Or, meander through North Beach and wind up in Washington Park having impulse-purchased too much focaccia.
Where do you like to view sunrise and sunset?
Sunrise feels so warm from Telegraph Hill. Our favorite sunset is on the beach below Sutro Baths.